Deep in the heart of the University's South Farms district tower the three Round Barns. Built between 1907 and 1913, the three barns anchored the 20-acre dairy demonstration farm and "offer[ed] the dairy farmer 'economy of consideration, low maintenance, and labor efficiency'". Although originally constructed as an experiment, the barns later led the way for round barns to take over Illinois. Fewer than 60 of them remain throughout the United States.
First built by the Shakers in 1824, round barns required less lumber and bracing the frame. Construction was also simplified, as no elaborate scaffolding was required for the circular arched roof. The barns also proved more resilient against to prairie storms.
The three University of Illinois barns were originally part of a larger complex known as the Experimental Dairy Barns and were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
|Selected Images of the Round Barns|
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